Digital disruption and connected devices

IP owners to pay the costs of blocking access to infringing websites

David Stone

The UK Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that trade mark owners should pay the costs of implementing a court order requiring UK ISPs to block access to websites selling counterfeit goods. This is a reversal of previous decisions, which had required the ISPs to bear these costs. Rights holders will still be able to obtain Read More

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US Consumer Financial Protection Bureau guidelines for third-party financial data sharing

Jacob Reed

On October 18, the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) published nine principles for the protection of consumers in the emerging financial data aggregation industry. The CFPB, which is charged with ensuring consumer access to fair and transparent financial services, emphasized that the principles are not intended as guidance on existing laws and regulations and Read More

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Smart contracts for finance parties

Conor O'Hanlon

WHAT IS A SMART CONTRACT? “Smart contracts are neither particularly smart nor are they strictly speaking, contracts.” – Monax.io A smart contract is a set of promises, agreed between parties and encoded in software, which, when criteria are met, are performed automatically. The concept of a smart contract is used to cover a spectrum of scenarios Read More

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Autonomous & connected vehicles: navigating the legal issues

Nigel Parker

Research has forecast the inexorable rise of the “connected car” and the continued push towards autonomous vehicles. We can expect to see significant disruption to the automotive industry as a consequence of changes to the value chain and business models driven by these developments. We have prepared a paper, which discusses key trends and legal Read More

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EMA and HMA set up big data task force to establish roadmap on the use of big data in medicines assessment

Eveline Van Keymeulen

On 23 March 2017, the European Medicines Agency (EMA), together with the Heads of Medicines Agencies (HMA), established a new task force “to explore how medicines regulators in the EEA can use big data to support research, innovation and robust medicines development” in order to improve human and animal health.  The task force is composed Read More

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Payment service providers face even tougher DP requirements than those under the GDPR

Jane Finlayson-Brown

Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) are bringing new open banking initiatives to the forefront of online payment services, with huge potential for innovation.  Although access to data is essential in the rise of APIs, processing personal data for open banking initiatives covered by Payment Services Directives or the Open Banking Standard will always require explicit consent. Read More

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